NMB actively promotes the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of Bermuda’s cultural heritage through education, stewardship, historical, archaeological & scientific research, exhibition, acquisition, public outreach and advocacy.
The National Museum of Bermuda aspires to be a world-class museum and research facility, inspiring engagement with and protection of Bermuda’s diverse cultural heritage.
The Museum’s mandate is guided by its core values, which help to inform decision-making, strategy and actions. NMB as an organization is committed to the following:
Inclusiveness: To be inclusive of multiple perspectives; reflect the diversity of Bermuda’s cultural heritage; be accessible to our diverse audience; and recognize Bermuda’s history as an encompassing multifaceted story involving multiple groups of people and their experiences.
Relevance: To be relevant to our local and global context and our diverse local and visitor communities.
Engagement: To engage the local community and create exhibitions, programs, and publications that spark curiosity and a sense of discovery.
Integrity: To be honest, ethical and fair, and demonstrate those values in all aspects of Museum practice, governance, and internal and external relationships.
Excellence: To provide excellent visitor experience, customer service, scholarship, and education programming, and follow museum, archaeological and preservation best practice, and establish high standards for everything we set out to do.
Sustainability: To manage the Museum’s resources to ensure its long term viability.
The National Museum of Bermuda is a non-government, not-for-profit Bermuda Registered Charity (No. 136), created by the Bermuda National Trust in 1974 as the Bermuda Maritime Museum. In 1978, an Act of Parliament formally established the Museum to promote, collect, preserve, research and exhibit Bermuda’s maritime history and restore the buildings of the Keep Fort.
Over the years, the Museum’s scope has expanded to encompass more than maritime history. Today it is a vital custodian of Bermuda’s heritage and a champion for the preservation of Bermuda’s underwater and land-based cultural heritage through collecting, exhibitions, restoration, conservation, research, publication, education, public outreach and archaeology.
In 2009, the Government of Bermuda recognised the Museum’s national role with a change of name, formalised in December 2013 with the passage of the Museum Amendment Act, which officially created the National Museum of Bermuda. The Act also brought the remaining Dockyard fortifications under the Museum umbrella, including Casemates Barracks and the North West Rampart.
The Museum’s operations and its full range of projects and programmes are funded by generous private and corporate donations, in addition to income from admissions, memberships, and facilities rental.